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  1. says:

    If Emma Donoghue's Room is focused relentlessly inwards on Jack then Ray Robinson’s Forgetting Zoë faces outwards reaching across vast landscapes and into the lives of not just its abductee but also her mother and her captor In 1999 Thurman Hayes takes his mother’s body to Canada where she grew up; whilst there he abducts ten year old Zoë Nielsen For the next eight years Hayes keeps her captive in his ranch in the Arizona desert and its underground bunker; by the time she escapes the girl Zoë was is a distant memoryRobinson’s prose and characterisation in this novel are exuisite Here for example is Thurman reflecting on his father’s handsto Thurman the hands only ever spoke one word and that was hurt They contained bones that had fractured many times and reset broken against walls and furniture the skulls of cattle Mom Thurman Hands so masterful at gripping axes and shovels and carpentry tools and soldering irons the stock of his rifle and shotgun So useful for overturning a table with a single effortless flick for giving a backhand so fast it was heard before it was felt for grabbing a fistful of hair and smashing heads into wallsThe precision of the detail there is so vivid and the way it illustrates manual ability sliding so easily into violence The opening section of Forgetting Zoë shows brilliantly how the young Thurman is damaged and becomes the monster we see in the later parts of the novel Growing up in a violent household with feelings of inadeuacy because he can’t be the man his father wants him to be Hayes’s feelings bubble over and he ends up with a confused attitude to women that leads him toWell that’s another striking thing about Forgetting Zoë some of the key events take place ‘off stage’ so there are gaps in our knowledge of cause and effect For example we never see the actual abduction of Zoë; whilst it’s readily possible to construct a theory of why Hayes kidnaps her we don’t know the full story; when we meet him and Zoë again after the abduction they are changed characters; we have to work to reach them once again which adds another layer of richness to the novelAnother lacuna in the narrative is the bulk of Zoë’s captivity In 1999 we see the beginnings of Zoë the ‘true Canadian girl of big sky big moon of big sunsets and clouds’ slipping away in the bunker; but the contrast with her eighteen year old self when we jump forward to 2007 still carries uite an impact The section covering the run up to Zoë’s escape is perhaps the most powerful in the whole book as Zoë is torn between her desire to escape and her reluctance to leave Hayes behind With its uncertain passage of time this section has a sickening ebb and flow as one wonders if Zoë ever will gain her freedom – and the fact that we already know from the section title that she will does nothing to diminish that effectThe title of Forgetting Zoë refers than anything to Zoë forgetting herself She starts to do that during her captivity of course; but there’s a positive interpretation of the title to be found at the end – that of being able to forget the past As with Jack in Room there is a sense of new beginnings for Zoë And as good a book as Room is I think Forgetting Zoë may just be one of my reads of the year


  2. says:

    Thought this was a great story 10 year old Zoe is kidnapped by Thurman and kept prisoner in a disused nuclear bunker at his isolated Arizona farm The characterisation is great as first of all you are introduced to Thurman as a child and his relationship with his parents abusive on the part of his father and then to Zoe and her relationship with her single mother Ingrid living on an isolated island off the Canadian coast which happens to be Thurman's mother's birthplace hence the reason he goes there only to end up snatching Zoe There is no detail of the actual kidnapping nor much about Zoe's imprisonment and abuse as a sort of 'aside' from Zoe making her feelings known as she finds herself drawn closer to her kidnapper At the same time we see how Ingrid and the rest of her community is reacting to Zoe's disappearance and the emotions that result After being imprisoned for nearly eight years Zoe finally gets an opportunity to save herself but how will she cope with the aftermath having lived away from 'normal' society for so long? Superbly told story evocative descriptive and full of pathos Excellent read 910


  3. says:

    This story of the abduction of a ten year old girl or rather because the abduction is barely mentioned This story of the events leading up to the abduction of a ten year old girl her incarceration her escape and the effect this all has on people was a huge pleasure The story was plenty enough to keep me interested and the standard of writing was beautiful and poignant and incredibly real There is a real sense of place about the two main locations rendered by description and even in a short novel you came to understand and empathise with several of the main characters so well painted are they I might potentially knock half a star off because I was so immersed in the rich language that I lost the thread of the plot in places also not helped by the stylistic choice to separate out certain time periods and locations less clearly than they might have been but it was a really involving and high uality read that I will not soon forget


  4. says:

    I'd love to say I loved it Almost did I think the main problem is that none of the characters are at all sympathetic He's telling us to feel for them rather than making it happen Extraordinary sense of place and landscapes though Overall a yes but a ualified one


  5. says:

    Oh the detail Amazing prose almost every page has a phrase or sentence that bursts with rich vocabulary or inner revelations And you begin thinking how could this be? But it becomes believable and over the only possible narrative An author of great skill


  6. says:

    NB 4 stars is in appreciation for the skill involved in the writing I did not 'really like it'This came out the same year that Room did I read Room without too many difficulties because Emma Donoghue never steps outside of her child narrator We only see what Jack sees and Jack's Ma makes sure to cover his eyes and thus ours from the true horror of their situation With Forgetting Zoe there is no such filter First of all we meet Thurman Hayes It is a cliche to show how the once sweet child could become a monster yet films such as The Phantom Menace show just how hard it is to depict the development of evil convincingly We are never in any doubt as to what he will become the brief foreword describes the local reaction to what he'd done nobody saw it coming but nobody showed any real surprise Thurman was a loner he had few real friends his father loathed him and his mother well His mother hadn't even wanted to be down in Arizona in the first placeOver the years Thurman grows stronger grows angrier and meaner his inability to relate to others inevitably leads to frustration; we watch wincing as he makes his first kill hides the evidence gets away with it His parents fade Thurman is left alone And so he takes a trip up towards Canada to his mother's place of birth While there he steals a ten year old girl Zoe is so very full of life she is like Ariel a child of air and water and wind Robinson paints Zoe's world as almost too beautiful the sky all encompassing a stark contrast to Thurman's claustrophobic childhood Zoe's mother Ingrid is alone in the world and sometimes impatient but she loves her daughter Zoe's vanishing jars we do not see it Ingrid does not believe it and we do not know what has happened until suddenly Robinson catapults us back to Thurman's world and suddenly everything is very darkThere are contrasts to the myth of Demeter and Persephone as Zoe struggles in the dark world of Thurman's bunker while her mother withers and shrivels in the world above ground I always loved that story as a child the idea of the mother searching for her daughter there are too many stories of angry fathers but mothers have a power all of their own Here though we see the mundane reality of Ingrid's grief as she has to face the grinding horror of not knowing what has become of her baby Behind it all is the long gone betrayal by Zoe's lost father her loneliness in the world her life is as wintry as that of Demeter and her daughter cannot escape to comfort herFor my full review


  7. says:

    The shape of this was not as I anticipated; the balance of the protagonists different Ray Robinson chose not to explain uite a lot of things others bits of information he drip fed Some sections were less than half a page The whole of it was uniue deeply disturbing understandable while horrific and hugely impressive as once again he inhabits the mind of a young and vulnerable female as he so successfully did in 'Electricity' and fills the reader's head with her experiences and emotions


  8. says:

    I thought this book was good but strange It jumped a lot between thurman and his parents Zoe and her mother after the kidnap I did enjoy it though and found it really sad at times I couldn't imagine ever going through this situation as the victim or parent


  9. says:

    Disturbing uick read


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Zoë Nielsen was just like any other ten year old walking to school not knowing that a chance encounter with Thurman Hayes would lead to her abduction and imprisonment in a converted nuclear bunker beneath a remote Arizona ranch houseBack home 4000 miles away on an island off the coast of Newfoundland the press coverage surrounding Zoe's mother Ingrid is rapidly Thought this was a great story 10 year old Zoe is kidnapped by Thurman and kept Dare Me ten year old walking Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville to school not knowing Little Reds Riding Hood that a chance encounter with Thurman Hayes would lead The Return of a Gangsters Girl to her abduction and imprisonment in a converted nuclear bunker beneath a remote Arizona ranch houseBack home 4000 miles away on an island off Hard Pass (Forbidden Plays, the coast of Newfoundland Cut and Run the press coverage surrounding Zoe's mother Ingrid is rapidly Thought Beautiful Bandit (Lone Star Legends, this was a great story 10 year old Zoe is kidnapped by Thurman and kept

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Is all about his needs and wants being metBut over time Thurman will grow tired of the rapidly maturing Zoë And when he decides it is time to get rid of her Zoë must finally make her bid for freedom Forgetting Zoë is a moving epic tale of courage survival horror and loss that explores how a bond of affection and intimacy can develop between captive and captor I thought this book was good but strange It jumped a lot between thurman and hi